Greg Taylor has stated that Neil Lennon has made it clear to the squad that Celtic must beat Riga tomorrow night as Europa League football will be vital for this season.
We all know that the Champions League was our main European goal this season but now the only source of Euro football Celtic have is the Europa League.
Lennon would have drummed it into the squad ahead of the game against Riga in Latvia that a win is the only result that matters, the game will be played as one tie and to a complete finish.
That means Celtic cannot afford to make any silly mistakes at this stage and Taylor confirms that the squad have their minds focused on securing a win.
Greg Taylor speaks with Celtic TV:
“The gaffer’s stressed that it’s extremely important that we progress to the next round,” he said. “We want European football this season. It was disappointing to go out of the Champions League qualification but we’re in the Europa League now and our aim is to qualify for the group stage.
“There’s never complacency within our squad. We’re fully focused on the next match at every time. At a club this size, it’s important to win every match and Thursday is no different.
“We know it’s going to be a tough game and it won’t be easy. The onus is on us to put on a performance and do what we need to do to get the win.”
“It’s vital that we perform on the night, and with it being a one-game tie, there’s no room to slip up,” said Taylor. “We’ll do our best to make sure that doesn’t happen.
“Everyone misses the fans. You’ve probably seen from the results in the league that there hasn’t been any sort of home or away advantage. It’s certainly a leveller without fans.
“We’re lucky that we have Broony as the captain, he’s a great motivator. We all have our own self-motivation but with Broony and the gaffer, we have great motivators there. There’s no lack of motivation within our squad.”